The NSERC Discovery Horizons program is designed to support investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.
The 2021 pilot competition has a mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline, with invited applicants due to submit their full application in October. Applicants should consult the NSERC website and relevant ORS guidelines for their campus to confirm internal review and submission guidelines.
In the pilot competition, NSERC is expecting to award approximately 10–20 grants, valued from $50K–$100K per year, and up to 5 years.
August to October
NSERC will invite applicants to the full application stage by mid-August.
- Review NSERC's application instructions (to be released in August 2021)
- Schedule a one-on-one consultation with the SPARC team (limited availability, first-come, first-served)
Our team can provide comprehensive reviews of your notice of intent as well as your application in advance of the corresponding deadlines. Limited availability.
Check out our resources curated specifically for UBC researchers.
Manager of Research Development
SPARC support services
Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi
Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor (NSERC), UBC
Advocacy and advice
UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
Various grant support
- Tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review mechanism
- Guide for applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application
- Guidelines for the preparation and review of applications in engineering and the applied sciences